Striking organic shapes in bright red provide dramatic contrast in this cream felt tapestry by fabric artist Chung-Im Kim. Kim meticulously hand stiches together small pieces of industrial felt fabric, pulled taut to create tension in the design and a 3D effect. Inspiration for her intriguing work is often drawn from patterns found in nature.
"For me, patterns are hard to ignore as I encounter everyday life….and working with patterns always gives me the thrill of entering a new world.” Chung-Im Kim
The artist was born in Seoul, Korea and received her MFA from Seoul Women's University in 1984. Kim began her career working in the textile industry as a surface pattern designer while also running a studio in Seoul and teaching at a college before moving to Canada in 1990. She has been a resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, working in the design industry for over fifteen years as a free-lance designer. She teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.